How do I share my cell phone's network connection with a Wifi tablet? Specifically I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Nexus 7.

I bought a USB OTG cable. Which end do I plug the USB into, and which end do I plug the micro USB into?

How do I share my cell phone connection with the Nexus 7? I didn't see a USB setting in either direction for sharing the connection.

Is rooting required?

  • I don't think most devices support USB internet connections out-of-the-box. Is wireless not an option? You can use most devices as a portable WiFi hotspot, or tether over Bluetooth. Jun 30, 2015 at 21:04
  • Sprint makes you pay to enable WiFi hotspots. Apparently the Nexus 7 has many Bluetooth issues that make Bluetooth tethering impossible / very difficult unfortunately
    – Hoppe
    Jun 30, 2015 at 21:17
  • I used to tether via Bluetooth all the time from a phone to a Nexus 7 without any issue other than the limited bandwidth of Bluetooth.
    – TurboFool
    Jun 30, 2015 at 22:07
  • I'll retest and post a separate question about BlueTooth tethering. It looked like many people were having the same issue with the 2012 Nexus 7 @TurboFool
    – Hoppe
    Jul 1, 2015 at 15:15
  • I posted my bluetooth tethering issues as android.stackexchange.com/questions/114791/… Can you take a look? @TurboFool
    – Hoppe
    Jul 9, 2015 at 12:23

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I would leave a comment but I dont have enough reputation. I found this question and the first answer maybe shows a possible solution posted on xda. For this you need root.

Download & install a Terminal Emulator on your Android Tablet. Run the Emulator & enter the following commands:

dhcpcd usb1

setprop net.dns1

The Android Phone from which net connection is to be sourced must be connected via USB Cable & on that phone enable USB Tether.

Now you can access internet on your Android Tablet using your Android Phone as a USB Modem!

I always use Bluetooth to share internet between phone and tablet. A friend of mine has a Nexus 7 too and no problems with Bluetooth. Maybe you can look for a solution to this issues

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